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The next SactoMoFo mobile food fair will be held at West Sacramento’s Riverwalk Park Sept. 29 to celebrate the city’s 25th anniversary.
Dubbed “Trucktoberfest,” it will feature 15 local trucks and five from the Bay Area, though event organizers said the final list of trucks isn’t yet determined.
“We’ll have a wide variety of beer offerings, and it’s going to be right on the river,” said Paul Somerhausen of SactoMoFo.
Having the event at Riverwalk Park, near the Ziggurat Building at 707 Third St., is something that wouldn’t have been possible when the city incorporated, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said.
“This is a celebration for how far we’ve come,” he said. “You couldn’t do it 25 years ago because there was no legal public access to the river other than at the boat ramp.”
He said that before it incorporated, West Sacramento had a reputation locally for lacking infrastructure and services.
The high expectations residents had of what would happen after becoming a city, he said, have largely been fulfilled.
Since 1987, the city has developed Riverwalk Park, revamped neighborhoods, seen new development and businesses such as Capitol Bowl have thrived.
And, of course, Raley Field was built, where the Sacramento River Cats have played multiple winning seasons.
“We built on the great things in the community,” Cabaldon said. “We have fantastic neighborhoods and a strong network of familial and civic support. Our water supply and schools and riverfront access in downtown was lacking.”
One of the trucks at the SactoMoFo event Sept. 29 will be Volks Waffle, but Somerhausen couldn’t confirm the full list.
The first SactoMoFo event was held in April 2011 to bring awareness to an ordinance in Sacramento that food truck operators said isn’t fair and needs to be changed.
Since then, the ordinance has been painstakingly revised – to be voted on in the coming months by the Sacramento City Council – and the food truck craze has only gained steam, with multiple trucks opening and some even expanding to brick-and-mortar restaurants.
“We’ll have several live bands, and the details will be coming soon,” Somerhausen said. “The main focus is celebrating West Sac’s 25th anniversary through a wide variety of food trucks and a nice variety of beers. It’s a beautiful setting, and it’s very dramatic there on the river with Sacramento in the background.”
Food trucks aren’t new to West Sacramento, as many of the local trucks routinely set up outside West Sacramento businesses and the state buildings such as the Ziggurat Building.
“Swabbies operates one of the trucks and has been supporting a river concert series for the past two years,” Cabaldon said. “We’re having a real party here with a little of the kind of controlled chaos that makes these things such great fun family events.”
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